Mandel, Kraft named fellows of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Two long-time friends of Brandeis, Morton Mandel and Robert Kraft, recently were named as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). They are among the 212 men and women who make up this year’s class of fellows of the prestigious society that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and others. The AAAS honors excellence in the arts and sciences and supports independent policy research. Mandel and Kraft were named in the category of Business, Corporate and Philanthropic Leadership.

Mandel is chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation. The Mandel family and the Mandel Foundation have made several major gifts to Brandeis over the years, including, most recently, a $22.5 million donation to create the Mandel Center for the Humanities. Mandel’s wife, Barbara, is a trustee of the university.

Kraft is chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group and owner of the New England Patriots.  He and his wife, Myra Kraft ’64, who also is a university trustee, have been generous supporters of Brandeis and have funded the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies.

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